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But then cliches are cliches because they touch on certain truths. The truth of this photograph being that it’s almost impossible to take a close up with the iPad’s miserably inadequate lens because iPad’s fovea is not the center of the screen but the top left, or bottom left, or top right, or bottom right, depending on which way you’re holding it.

Just as I took this photo the sun came out, so in a half-an-hour the line of droplets along the vein of the leaf will have been gone.

The rain:

As in a recipe, “have ready” your bundle of trees (Fedco coats the roots with damp sawdust, and wraps them in plastic bubblewrap), a wheelbarrow full of compost (I use seafood compost from Landscape Supply), a water source (for example, a hose), and a shovel. Dig a hole for the tree with a shovel.

Here’s the variety of hazelnut I got. Not too tall, cold hardy. Follow me below the fold as I plant #1: Read the rest of this entry »

And it really is raining, which means that the Fire Weather Advisory in Hancock County can be lifted. (No snow pack; spring tinder.) That’s a good thing.

This image doesn’t show the rain, although as I framed the shot I could see the bud on the screen tremble as rain drops struck it — something I would never have noticed with my eyes alone.

My real purpose was to understand the limits of the iPad 2’s comera better, since I expect to be shooting close-ups of vegetation in the coming months. This shot is about the best I can do. I used Camera Boost for a software zoom, and Photo Toaster to sharpen the image. I don’t know if you’d call the image of the bud sharp, although the peeling paint I need to work on seems sharp enough (unless that sharpness comes from the gaff of a guilty conscience).

I guess I’d really be able to tell the iPad’s camera where to focus by tapping on the screen.

And now it’s sunny!

UPDATE Now cloudy.

UPDATE Now sunny.

So I spent an hour-and-a-half escaping the Apple ID login doom loop, where I forgot my password, and where Apple could only send the replacement password to the account whose password I had forgotten. So, spandy new Apple ID — thank you, Yahoo, for keeping it simple — which doesn’t automagically work for iCloud and which doesn’t automagically work for the Store and which doesn’t automagically work for upgrading apps, even after the Apple ID, the iCloud account, and the Store account have been changed. And then, if there’s a more head-desk-pounding experience than tapping one’s way through five separate registration procedures, including a credit card form with Captcha, I’m not sure what it is. Snarl. Clue stick, Apple: Keep account information in one place.

Naturally, or as a result of conditioning, after frustration, one shops. So, after saying only yesterday that I didn’t want any new apps, I got some. Apple made a liar out of me!

Anyhow, Camera Boost is supposed to do a lot of things, but one thing it did very nicely, right out of the box, was improve night pictures. The above is After. Below, with the default Camera app, is Before.

It’s going to be fun taking pictures at dusk in the summer, when the colors are rich. Light extension, instead of season extension.

I don’t post much on iPad tech because my use case is so very simple: Take a picture of my garden using the iPad camera, annotate via Skitch, mail the pic to myself, fire up a browser on a big machine, grab the pic, write the post. Rinse, repeat. The hard parts aren’t technical, unless you think of gardening and writing as technical, which I suppose they are, actually.

But anyhow, “There’s an app for that!” leaves me cold.

So this morning, taking pictures of fresh snow in bright sun, I discovered I couldn’t see the screen at all (or, rather, saw a reflection of my own face in the screen). Makes in-camera cropping hard! (I don’t like to crop. Cropping is work.) So I ended up firing off a ton of shots, just to make sure I got one that I wanted. Not that I worry about running out of film, but it’s easier to scroll through five shots than fifty. (I don’t like to scroll. Scrolling is work.)

Now, if I wanted the iPad screen to function the same way as the ground glass of a view camera, I could stick it up on a tripod and cover my head and the screen with a hood.

Or maybe get an iPad-sized polarizing sheet, trim the sheet to size, take off the (awesome, milspec) Griffin Survivor armor case, lay the sheet down on the iPad screen, and put the case back on?

If I wanted any apps, this looks like a good site. But I don’t think I want any.

No apps, please. I’m luddite!